By Alexandria Waldron
Cal Poly Pomona students sweated their stresses away at the second annual Rec Fest at the Bronco Recreation and Intermural Complex on Friday from 6 p.m. to midnight.
Associated Students, Inc. Campus Recreation organized Rec Fest to encourage fitness and a healthy lifestyle among students by having them participate in campus recreational sports and activities.
“It’s really exciting with this being our second year doing the event, and our first year being able to use the BRIC,” said ASI’s Director of Recreation Krista Smith. “We are able to debut fun activities, and showcase our adventure and fitness programs.”
The festival is also in celebration of National Recreational Sports and Fitness Day, created by the National Intramural and Recreational Sports Association, to highlight college recreation. The day also represents the founding day of NIRSA.
“It’s cool that we’re getting our campus involved with this national holiday,” said fifth-year kinesiology student Troy Maddox. “I think this event is a great way to get recreational sports out to the campus.”
Students participated in several activities throughout the night such as relay races, dodgeball, Zumba and hip-hop dance classes, inner tube basketball and bubble soccer.
“It’s a fun way to get the students out and doing something active and playful on a Friday night,” said Smith.
For each activity students participated in, they received tickets that automatically entered them into a drawing for grand prizes. Prizes included a bike and Fitbit activity tracker wristbands.
Student Health and Counseling Services and ASI’s marketing team set up booths inside the BRIC promoting their services, and gave away free promotional items to participating students. Free items included lunch bags, hoodies, socks and backpacks with Campus Recreation logos.
“It’s great to get everyone out here and getting active,” said Maddox. “All aspects of recreation are being utilized at once, and it’s bringing everyone together.”
During the event, students enjoyed a free breakfast of breakfast burritos and quesadillas. The Jamba Juice located inside the BRIC stayed open all night, giving away free samples to promote healthy eating.
“We partnered with a lot of great services on campus,” said Shelbi Long, ASI’s Associate Director of Recreation. “These different programs are all doing different events to engage the students.”
The Rec Fest also marked the launch of the second phase of ASI’s “Recharge Campaign.” ASI introduced the campaign to highlight all of the different ways students can gain energy while maintaining a busy lifestyle.
“The campaign is a way to get students to come into the BRIC and be able to escape from school or work and recharge,” said Long. “It gives them an opportunity to refuel and enjoy life.”
This year, students participated in a social media contest using #RechargeCPP and showed how they recharge by using the BRIC.
“Now that students have experienced the BRIC, we really want to know the student experiences and what they love most about campus recreation,” said Smith.
A poolside dance party concluded the night. Students relaxed in the pool and danced on the deck with music provided by a disc jockey.
“It’s been a really great outcome,” said Long. “All of our programs have grown throughout the year, and we hope the trend continues.”
Alexandria Waldron / The Poly Post
Rec Fest 2015
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